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Waste to Energy: Cultivation of Algae using Wastewater Streams

Sponsor:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Principal Investigator:

Mira Olson, Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Christopher Sales, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Richard Cairncross, Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Sabrina Spatari, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

IExE Cluster:

Energy Sources

Summary:

The goal of this project, originally funded by the U.S. EPA People, Prosperity & the Planet Program, is to remediate waste streams generated by landfills and wastewater treatment plants while at the same time supporting the large-scale cultivation of algae for potential biofuel production and/or biomass production. We are working to understand the mechanisms that control nutrient uptake and the design parameters that optimize biomass production in open-air cultures.